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Sri Lanka-Vietnam trade link established in Hanoi

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The first ever Sri Lanka-Vietnam official trade mechanism went live in Hanoi this week (August 21). A six-member team led by Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen is currently in Hanoi for the talks to setup this first official trade mechanism.

Amãna Bank once again extends support to SEF Scholarship Program

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Amãna Bank made a generous contribution for the second consecutive year to the Serendib Educational Foundation (SEF) in providing financial assistance and scholarships to deserving students who are capable of pursuing their studies but are unable to do so due to financial constraints.

eBay entrepreneur millionaires – How world’s largest online shopping site changing business dynamics

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Who doesn’t love eBay – where you can find just about anything and everything. You can buy designer handbags, cutting-edge electronics and vintage watches with a click on your computer and have it delivered to your door step, yes to Colombo too.

Sri Lanka’s June trade deficit contracts 35.3%

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The ongoing export push by all sectors has supported the country’s external sector to continue narrowing its trade deficit, and in the month of June, the deficit contracted by as much as 35.3 percent to US $ 454 million but slowed from the previous month.

A small community of 1600 villagers at Kallaru, Kilinochchi lead the charge on water conservation

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The symbolic inauguration of 125 rainwater harvesting structures in the drought stricken Kallaru village in Kilinochchi, could probably end up being a landmark project in these northern parts of Sri Lanka. Fluctuating rainfalls, over dependence on rains for water availability, rise of water borne diseases which result from the lack of access to safe drinking water, could be a thing of the past.

Land suitability evaluation for rubber in North and East

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As the Ministry of Plantation Industries is promoting extension of rubber growing in the dry zone, particularly in the North and East of the country, it is important to discuss the subject of land evaluation and selection for rubber.

Special board for BoI firms in two months

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A special board for the listing of the Board of Investment (BoI) firms in the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) will be set up within the next two months and six companies have already expressed interest in going public.

FDIs in 1H up 51% to US $ 817mn

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The much needed foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the country during the first half of this year (1H14) has risen by as much as 51 percent to US $ 817 million over the corresponding period of last year, Sri Lanka’s Investment Promotion Minister said.

Amãna Bank offers the lowest five years Leasing rental this month

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Sri Lanka’s premier bank operating on Islamic banking principles, Amãna Bank now offers the market’s lowest five years Leasing (Ijara) rental of Rs 2,131/=(inclusive of VAT) per month for Rs. 100,000/- lease.

BoI inks FDI promotion agreement with Japan’s largest bank

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Sri Lanka’s apex investment promotion body, the Board of Investment (BoI),

Tourism statistics: Dimensions of Awareness and Comparisons

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Recent arrivals data show continued momentum in overseas tourism demand, which, if sustained will result in stronger than expected growth in 2014.

Hybrids boost July vehicle registrations

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Motor car registration figures for July show a significant increase with 2,551 registrations, compared to 2,256 in June and 2,305 year-on-year (yoy), with 827 brand new cars composing the figure, according to JB Securities’ market research.

Slow private sector credit growth: Causes and entrepreneur views

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By Sri Lanka’s private sector credit growth slowed to 2 percent year-on-year (YoY) in June 2014 despite the record low policy rates and low inflation. However, Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product (GDP) continues to grow at a healthy space as the first quarter (2014) GDP growth reached........

Do you have what it takes to be a good leader?

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Today’s business executives may come in many shades and colours: sales executives, marketing executives, key account executives, human resources (HR) executives, account executives and scores of others. They seem to have little in common. They differ in sex, age, educational standards and experience.

Hybrids boost July vehicle registrations

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Motor car registration figures for July show a significant increase with 2,551 registrations, compared to 2,256 in June and 2,305 year-on-year (yoy), with 827 brand new cars composing the figure, according to JB Securities’ market research.

Sri Lanka holds rates steady even as credit growth slows

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Sri Lanka’s Central Bank yesterday kept policy rates steady at multi-year lows for a seventh straight month, as expected, despite private sector credit growth slowing further.

TPG to invest US $ 117mn in Union Bank

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Ending a long wait, Union Bank of Colombo PLC (UBC) yesterday officially announced its mega investment deal with Culture Financial Holdings Ltd, an affiliate of TPG, a USA-based leading private investment with an asset base of US $ 59 billion.

ELECTRIC CARS AND USE OF LANKAN NATURAL GRAPHITE FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

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It has been reported that multibillionaire Elon Musk, CEO of Telsa Motors is planning to set up a Giga factory for the manufacture of 500,000 electric cars by 2020 in the United States at a cost of US$5 billion.

Britannia plans to re-enter Lankan biscuits market

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Britannia Industries Ltd, the Indian biscuit giant, is looking at viable expansionary plans to enter the Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi markets, according to Indian media reports.

Rubber out growing: Michelin’s success story

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In an era of market liberalization, globalisation and expanding agribusiness, there is a danger that small-scale farmers face in participating in the market economy. Such farmers could therefore, become marginalized as large-scale farming becomes increasingly necessary for a profitable operation.

Explaining the mirage of GDP growth optimism

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Optimism about Sri Lanka’s future growth abounded at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s economic summit held last week. The running refrain was that Sri Lanka doubled its gross domestic product (GDP) per person between 2004 and 2009, will repeat that success by 2015 and from there go on.....

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